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Carmel PBA Files Grievance Town over Sheriff Patrols

Carmel PBA Files Grievance Town over Sheriff Patrols

By Arthur Cusano Clarification: this article has been updated to clarify information.  The Carmel Police Benevolent Association has filed an injunction to prevent other law enforcement agencies from patrolling parts of the town, according to a town board member. The legal action was revealed during Wednesday’s Carmel Town Board meeting, when board members were asked by resident […]

Am2Pm Boutique, Mahopac

Am2Pm Boutique, Mahopac

Marianna Ashley doesn’t want to follow fashion trends; she’d rather start new ones. And that’s part of the reason Ashley opened Am2Pm Boutique. “I just don’t follow what the celebrities are wearing,” Ashley said. “I really put in what I like. What I think what everyone else will like and that’s just how I do it.” “Having […]

Business Profile: Am2Pm Boutique, Mahopac

Business Profile: Am2Pm Boutique, Mahopac

Marianna Ashley doesn’t want to follow fashion trends; she’d rather start new ones. And that’s part of the reason Ashley opened Am2Pm Boutique. “I just don’t follow what the celebrities are wearing,” Ashley said. “I really put in what I like. What I think what everyone else will like and that’s just how I do […]

Brewster Officials Try to Calm Anxiety over Urban Renewal Plan

Brewster Officials Try to Calm Anxiety over Urban Renewal Plan

Village of Brewster officials beat back criticism over the early stages of an Urban Renewal Plan proposed in hopes of revitalizing the village. For the second straight week, villagers conveyed questions and frustration with aspects of the plan and the process taken by the village. During a village Board of Trustees meeting last Wednesday, it […]

Countywide Police Merger Study Discontinued

Countywide Police Merger Study Discontinued

At the urging of Town of Carmel board members, Putnam County has decided to discontinue a police merger study that was meant to examine if it were cost effective to combine all law enforcement agencies into one police force. According to correspondence between the town and county, the “consolidation study will not go forward.” In […]

Area Elected Officials React to Cuomo’s Proposed State Budget

Area Elected Officials React to Cuomo’s Proposed State Budget

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo put forth a budget plan demanding more money toward schools and roads, as well as stronger ethics laws after a year that was rocked by scandal at the state capitol. The Democratic governor proposed a $145 billion spending plan last week during his annual State of the State address. The […]

Brewster Residents Voice Disapproval Over Urban Renewal Plan

Brewster Residents Voice Disapproval Over Urban Renewal Plan

An Urban Renewal Plan dubbed to revitalize the Village of Brewster earned only skepticism and flat out disapproval from residents and property owners during a public hearing of the village Planning Board last week. After hearing various concerns and questions for almost an hour during Wednesday’s meeting, planning board members agreed to request an extension […]

Search for Outstanding Senior Citizens in Putnam Underway

Search for Outstanding Senior Citizens in Putnam Underway

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell is supporting Director of the Office for Senior Resources, Patricia Sheehy, and the Putnam County Senior Citizens Advisory Board as they seek nominations for this year’s Senior Citizen of the Year Award. “We are fortunate to have a very active senior population,” said Odell. “Selecting one man and one woman […]

Resident Submits Appeal Against PV School Referendum Vote

Resident Submits Appeal Against PV School Referendum Vote

A Putnam Valley resident is still fighting a Putnam Valley school district voter referendum that passed last month, and has now taken it all the way to New York State on appeal. Dan Vera, a five-year resident and Putnam Valley School Citizen Advisory Committee member filed an appeal with state Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia in […]

Nacerino Tapped to Lead County Legislature in 2016

Nacerino Tapped to Lead County Legislature in 2016

A new chairperson was named to lead the Putnam County Legislature last week, and after the past couple years brought tense debate, the appointment of Ginny Nacerino was rather controversy free. In an 8-1 vote, Nacerino was selected to replace Carl Albano as chair of the legislature. The Republican from Patterson fresh off a successful […]

Katz to Leave Assembly; McDonough Officially Seeking Seat

Katz to Leave Assembly; McDonough Officially Seeking Seat

As one incumbent announced his intention to not run for re-election, another candidate for the same seat officially kicked off her campaign last week in hopes of representing parts of Putnam and Westchester counties. Assemblyman Steve Katz (R/Mohegan Lake), whose seat represents the 94th Assembly District, confirmed he is going to stick with a pledge […]

Murphy Attacks NYC’s de Blasio as Road to Re-election Begins

Murphy Attacks NYC’s de Blasio as Road to Re-election Begins

As another election cycle slowly gets underway for New York State Senator Terrence Murphy, the freshman Republican lawmaker is taking shots at New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for his alleged involvement in the Hudson Valley races in 2016. In an email to supporters regarding an upcoming fundraiser, Murphy, a Yorktown resident, slammed de […]

Business Profile: The Music Cottage, Brewster

Business Profile: The Music Cottage, Brewster

For more than 20 years, George Krzyzewski used to travel around the area giving music lessons to a wide net of students. Since 2011, those students have been coming to him. George and Lauren Krzyzewski opened up The Music Cottage in Brewster close to five years ago and since then, have only seen a steady […]

A Look Back At The Year It Was In Putnam County

A Look Back At The Year It Was In Putnam County

The New Year started with a high-profile termination when former Bureau of Emergency Services commissioner Adam Stiebeling was released of his duties by County Executive MaryEllen Odell. The dismissal of Stiebeling, who followed in the footsteps of former commissioner and now the late Bob McMahon, set off a firestorm in the emergency services community concerned […]

Familiar Figure Named Interim County Health Commish

Familiar Figure Named Interim County Health Commish

As Putnam County begins its transition to a new era in the Department of Health, a familiar and respected figure in the medical community is taking the reins as acting health commissioner. Dr. Michael Nesheiwat of Carmel was confirmed as acting health chief by legislators last Tuesday after County Executive MaryEllen Odell selected him in […]

Carmel Online Sensation Signs Major Label Recording Deal

Carmel Online Sensation Signs Major Label Recording Deal

By Arthur Cusano Hailey Knox may not yet be a household name, but the Putnam County teen has already made a name for herself online, where her performances have been viewed by tens of thousands of people. The 17-year-old Carmel resident has accumulated over 7,600 subscribers to her YouTube channel, where she has posted covers […]

Legislators, Opposing Groups, Spar Over Hill-Agor Farm

Legislators, Opposing Groups, Spar Over Hill-Agor Farm

The battle over Hill-Agor Farm and its future raged on Thursday night, as Putnam County lawmakers considered pulling back a resolution it passed four years ago that was suppose to inch the farm closer to placement on the National Register of Historic Places. The decision to rescind the resolution would just be another chapter in […]

Feds Take Over Mahopac Fire Department Embezzlement Probe

Feds Take Over Mahopac Fire Department Embezzlement Probe

As skepticism of the alleged embezzlement from the Mahopac Volunteer Fire Department grows, federal authorities are now in charge of the investigation, a revelation that came to light last week. According to multiple reports, US Attorney Preet Bharara has taken over the probe that’s looking into a possible $5 million missing from the department that […]

Health Commissioner Intends to Step Down from Position

Health Commissioner Intends to Step Down from Position

After four years of leading the Putnam County Department of Health, Dr. Allen Beals announced he intends to step down as health commissioner. In a press release sent out by Beals from his county email address, it stated Beals wants to transition to the role of medical consultant for the health department, pending legislative approval […]

Private Garbage Collection Debate Draws Much Interest in Patterson

Private Garbage Collection Debate Draws Much Interest in Patterson

No decision will be made about whether to privatize all garbage collection in Patterson until next year, but that didn’t stop residents from coming out to express their opposition to the plan at last week’s town board meeting. After a sanitation subcommittee made up of town board members, and highway and sanitation workers undertook a […]

Kent Lawmakers Look to Officially Rename Causeway

Kent Lawmakers Look to Officially Rename Causeway

Renaming a causeway is easier said than done, as became evident at Kent’s town board meeting last week. During a ceremony prior to Thanksgiving ushering in a new and improved causeway on Nichols Street in town, the only aspect missing from the festivities was officially renaming that part of the road, “Veterans Memorial Causeway” because […]

Serino and Videographer Clash in Putnam Valley

Serino and Videographer Clash in Putnam Valley

Controversy exploded inside Putnam Valley town hall Tuesday night after a constituent in the 41st senate district was threatened with arrest for attempting to videotape an informal forum featuring New York State Senator Sue Serino inside the town hall’s meeting room. The most memorable moment of an otherwise mundane community conversation with Serino occurred before the forum even got underway, when Serino and […]

Business Profile: NOW Hair Salon, Mahopac

Business Profile: NOW Hair Salon, Mahopac

Cutting and designing hair has been a lifelong passion for Mary Heady. For approximately 20 years and at various salons, Heady has been a hairdresser that women (and men) in the area have been going to in order to get the best look.  Between graduating from college with a business degree and then raising four […]

Southeast Man Charged in Connection to False Report

Southeast Man Charged in Connection to False Report

An arrest has been made after a person falsely reported a violent attack at a group home in Southeast on Nov. 20. Christopher Lopez, 30, of Southeast was charged with falsely reporting an incident, a class A misdemeanor, in which he placed an anonymous telephone call on Nov. 20 claiming a group home on John […]

Causeway in Kent Sees Revival From Bipartisan Efforts

Causeway in Kent Sees Revival From Bipartisan Efforts

One of the Town of Kent’s most treacherous roads received a much-needed upgrade, so much so, that a slew of town and Putnam County officials celebrated its revival. The path along Nichols Street currently known as Little Fill’s Causeway, but with the hope to rename it Veterans Memorial Causeway, was officially reopened with new paving […]

Business Profile: Carmel Taxi and Car Service, Carmel

Business Profile: Carmel Taxi and Car Service, Carmel

When Ruth Pardo Ayala-Quezada first started Carmel Taxi, it was primarily just her and her sister. Since then, it’s expanded quite a bit since 2006 when the business was founded. “We started growing,” she said. “We started hiring.” And today, Carmel Taxi (also associated with Mahopac Taxi) has become a trademark name in Putnam County […]

Maloney Votes for GOP-Backed Legislation on Syrian Refugees

Maloney Votes for GOP-Backed Legislation on Syrian Refugees

As the controversy over whether Syrian refugees should be allowed to come to the United States has stretched from the east to west coast, local Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney broke from Democrats last week and voted for Republican-sponsored legislation that could slow refugees entering the country. In a resounding 289-137 vote of approval in the […]

Calls to Reject Syrian Refugees in New York Reach Fever Pitch

Calls to Reject Syrian Refugees in New York Reach Fever Pitch

As the United States and the rest of the world continue to reel from the terrorist attacks that occurred in Paris, France two weeks ago, calls to stop Syrian refugees from entering the nation have built to a scream over the last week. Republicans like New York State Senators Sue Serino and Terrence Murphy, and […]

Mahopac Rotary and Chamber Team up for Putnam CAP Thanksgiving Food Drive

Mahopac Rotary and Chamber Team up for Putnam CAP Thanksgiving Food Drive

Lake Mahopac Rotary and The Greater Mahopac-Carmel Chamber of Commerce are teaming up to hold a Thanksgiving food drive on behalf of Putnam Community Action Program, more commonly known as Putnam CAP, on Saturday, Nov. 21 and Sunday, Nov. 22 at the Tompkins Mahopac Bank Community Center, located at 953 South Lake Blvd in Mahopac. […]

Legislators Continue to Explore Taxi and Limo Regulations

Legislators Continue to Explore Taxi and Limo Regulations

While the Putnam County Legislature continued to look at a mechanism to better oversee taxi companies operating in the county, Legislator and Rules Chairwoman Toni Addonizio said there are, “a lot of questions that need to be answered,” at a committee meeting last Thursday. While Westchester County has a taxi commission that has an appointed […]